Ajury heard that a dying Leicester man found in a car boot had been “ambushed” and brutally beaten by three attackers.
The men violently beat Anand Parmar in two areas of the city after he was allegedly lured to a meeting with one of them.
James House QC, prosecuting, said police came across the incident by chance after seeing a Vauxhall Astra being driven suspiciously fast.
The Astra ended up in a cul-de-sac in Humberstone where the driver, Jurrat Khan, ran off but was detained.
When the car was examined, officers found the alleged victim unconscious and “gravely” injured.
Khan, Renaldo Baptiste and Jeffrey Carew all deny murdering Mr Parmar.
Baptiste had admitted an alternative count of manslaughter but that was not accepted by the prosecution.
Mr House said: “At 3 am on Monday, April 12 last year Anand Parmar was found unconscious in the boot of a Vauxhall Astra.
“He was naked, save for his underwear, and was gravely injured.
“He was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he died just over five hours later.